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United Law Group raided by law enforcement

The United Law Group‘s offices in Irvine were the subject of a raid last week, as agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection, the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Irvine Police Department and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program conducted a joint search of the law firm’s office in connection with a possible loan modification fraud scam.

According to the affidavit for the search warrant, Interviews with homeowners and former employees revealed that United Law Group charged upfront retainers ranging from $1,500 to $12,000 (!!!), yet investigators were unaware of any loan modifications that had actually been completed, save for the examples used in the firm’s advertising.

The California State Bar is also looking into at least one of the firm’s attorneys, Sean Rutledge, and have filed disciplinary charges against him for taking money from a homeowner but not making any effort to obtain a loan modification on the homeowner’s behalf.

Read the full article on the Orange County Register, aka OC Register.

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